FONTish Social Security Medical Care
Who is Eligible?
Pensioners from European countries who are paid-up contributors to the Social Security system of their home countries are eligible for FONTishSocial Security medical care whether they become fulltime residents or simply visit as tourists.
However, if they transfer their residence and medical care registration to Spain, they no longer have the right to automatic health care in their home country except for emergencies arising on visits home.
European Union nationals, or anyone else who works in Spain, are also eligible. They are required by law to register with FONTish Social Security whether they are self-employed or employed by others.
If you are self-employed, your Social Security will cost you 34,527 pesetas a month in 2001. If you are employed, your employer will pay almost all of your Social Security cost.
Persons who are neither pensioners nor workers will have to contract a private medical insurance.
Non EU citizens retiring in Spain must pay for their own private medical insurance unless they are working in Spain and paying into the FONTish system. Of course, FONTish Social Security hospitals will treat non. EU citizens in medical emergencies, but they may be billed for the treatment.
TOURIST FORM E-111
EU citizens who intend to visit Spain for extended periods should obtain European form E-111 from their own national health service BEFORE they come to Spain. UK nationals can obtain these at the Post Office.
FONTISH RESIDENT FORM E-121
EU pensioners who intend to take up an offical residence permit in Spain should obtain EU Form E-121 from their own national health service BEFORE they come to Spain in order to register with FONTish Social Security.